Just wondering if any of you have experience with problem teeth?
Regarding a 6 year old morgan mare:
In November, my mare had developed a fever and runny nose and had baseball sized swelling in what seemed like her sinus. (below her eye, above her nostril on the right side) Called the vet, administered antibiotics.. opened up her mouth and saw a molar descending through the roof of her mouth (compacted tooth).. apparently one of her baby molars never fell out, guessed which one it was and attempted to pull it. The root was too deep and the tooth wouldn't budge, for fear of breaking the tooth the mare was left alone. A week later, trailered her to the vets for x-rays.. mouth was looked at again, she was then tranqued and x-rayed and x rays were inconclusive about which tooth was supposed to be pulled as the roots were both about as deep as an adult tooth. X rays showed no sinus infection- good news. X rays sent to University for second opinion.
Mare could be sent to university for standing surgery (where they just pull tooth, which my local vet could do if it was loose) for about 1500. Mare could be put down for surgery to cut through sinus to punch down and remove the tooth. around 4000. Mare could be looked at by another local vet with dentist (work in a team) who have luck pulling problem teeth, but if tooth breaks, it puts us worse off. Last and final option was chosen to take mare off antibiotics and let nature do its work for about a month or so and reevaluate her to see if the tooth has loosened.
Well its been about a month, last I saw her she had no signs of infection other than the swelling that remained.. It was a little sore to the touch, but she did not have a fever, she was eating, and she didnt have a runny nose. I have to call the vet to come out and see her, hopefully the gum has softened a little bit from the infection and the tooth has rotted/loosened enough to pull.. if it hasn't what should i do?
I've tried researching and haven't come up with any luck on this sort of thing. I don't want to pay for the surgery if its not necessary (these things should work themselves out naturally?) as the expense of shipping her will almost double the price of the surgery. and is way more than i paid for her. We also can't just leave it too long (already feel bad about the month, and the swelling is starting to become sore), something should be done.
Would like to hear about your problem teeth to see if it opens my eyes to other options.